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Golf ace opens UUJ sports laboratory

Golfing sensation Rory Mcllroy has said that the University of Ulster's model of combining sport with education is the way forward for producing world-class home-grown athletes.

The Co Down golfer was speaking as he officially opened the University of Ulster's Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute (SESRI) laboratories, at the Jordanstown campus.

Rory unveiled a plaque at the £1.275 million facility, before showing off his skills at the state-of-the-art scientific analysis suite, smashing drives down the virtual golfing fairway.

“In terms of all sports, the University of Ulster has everything you need here,” he said. “Facilities outdoors where you can practice your sport, whether it be football, hockey, rugby or whatever else, and then the facilities inside to become stronger, more agile, more flexible — there are all the resources here that you need.”

The funding for the project came from the Department for Employment and Learning's research capital investment fund.

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